Club to promote gliding

Nene Valley Gliding Club. Ron Smith Photograph
Nene Valley Gliding Club. Ron Smith Photograph
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Nene Valley Gliding Club are to host an open weekend to promote the sport of gliding.

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September, visitors have the opportunity to take a trial lesson in one of the club’s two-seater training aircraft.

They will be accompanied by a qualified British Gliding Association instructor.

There will also be a vintage open top glider, which allows visitors to feel the wind in their hair as they fly.

Club members will be on hand throughout the weekend to explain how the gliders stay in the air.

Refreshments will be available, or visitors can bring a picnic and watch the trial lessons.

Gliding is an environmentally friendly sport. By finding columns of rising air, or thermals, the glider pilot is able to gain height and remain airborne.

With the right skills, experience, and weather conditions, pilots could fly in excess of five hours, covering hundreds of miles of beautiful British countryside.

At the Nene Valley Gliding Club, a winch is used to launch gliders to a maximum height of 2,000 feet, though it is possible to fly higher with the correct equipment.

It is the only club in the country to offer a unique flying scholarship scheme for local teenagers.

The scheme operates with the Abbey College in Ramsey and has so far seen 18 young pilots undergo flight training.

This has resulted in some of the youngest pilots going solo within the club at the age of 15.

The open weekend runs from 9:30am until 5pm on both days. Nene Valley Gliding Club is located off Ramsey Road in Upwood, Cambridgeshire.

Trial lessons during the weekend cost £30.

For more information call the club on 01487 813062 or visit their website at: